Friday, December 19, 2014

Russian Tea Cakes


Christmas Cookies

Did you know Russian Tea Cakes appeared in Russia in the 18th century as a confection used in a tea-sharing ceremony. By the 20th century, they were a part of wedding and Christmas traditions in the U.S., known by their popular "Russian tea" name. The term "Mexican wedding cake" seems to have emerged in the U.S. in the 1950s, possibly a result of strained relations with the Soviet Union .via Wikipedia.


I'm pretty sure most of us have a Tea Cake recipe in our Christmas Recipe collection. And if you don't? Now you do. Tea Cakes are one of my Top 3 favorite Christmas cookies! 

Mushroom Container

TEA CAKES

Set oven temperature to 400*

Cream together:

1 cup softened Butter
{personally; I think real butter is a MUST}1/2 cup sifted Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Sift together and mix in with creamed mixture:

2 1/4 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Then mix in:
3/4 cup finely chopped Pecans
{I'm allergic to Walnuts, but they can totally be used instead of Pecans}

Chill Dough
Roll into 1" balls
Bake 10-12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet until set, but not brown

While still warm, roll in Powdered Sugar
Cool
Roll in Powdered Sugar again


K. Are you totally LOVING the packaging on these nummy Tea Cakes!?! I like to re-use, re-gift, re-cycle, re... well you get it. When I saw a certain container of a certain something sitting on my counter the other day, I KNEW I could totally re-use the container! Do you know what this container originally held?

Merry Christmas

Mushrooms! We love mushrooms at our house. We have them in salads, sauces, sauteed, you name it. So I can collect a lot of these containers. They are perfect for giving some little Tea Cakes/Snow Balls in!

Mushrooms and Cookies?

I washed and dried the containers, filled them with Tea Cakes and then wrapped them in Cello with a cute bow and tag.  The tag was a printable from an Etsy Seller years ago. I don't think she still has her shop.  But you can find something similar by googling or looking thru Etsy Shops. 


Let It Snow



Cute Snowman

Happy Baking!!! ooxx`jodi

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cocoa Cheese Sandwiches

Cocoa Cheese Sandwiches

I don't know where the recipe originally came from? But my mom has been baking these, for as long as I can remember. They are a HUGE family favorite, and no Christmas would be complete without them.



COCOA CHEESE SANDWICHES

Set oven temp to 350*

Cream together:

3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg

Add:
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. Hershey's baking cocoa powder
2 c. flour

Divide Dough in Half

Shape into 2 long rolls

Wrap the rolls in wax paper and chill in fridge

Cut into 1/8" - 1/4" slices

Bake 8-10 minutes

Cool

Sandwich two cookies together with Cream Cheese Frosting in the middle

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

3 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon milk
3 oz. cream cheese softened
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream butter, cream cheese.
Add milk, salt and sugar.
Beat until creamy.


The chocolate flavor in this cookie is a bit different then other chocolate cookies. You just have to try them to see. And the Cream Cheese Frosting totally makes the cookie!


And do you like my way cute packaging? Do you know what that little glass jar  below was originally?


It held a Candle! I love these little smelly good candle votive's you can buy in the grocery store. And I NEVER throw them away.

When the wick is gone and the candle is done, just pop them in the freezer for a day or two, and the left over wax will pop right out!

Stick em in the dishwasher and Wah Lah! You have a cute little jar to serve dessert in. 

Put another candle in. Or package a few cookies in!

Happy Baking!!! ooxx`jodi


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vintage Vibe Book Blog Tour !!!

Goodness it's been a while since I posted!

Life has been interesting, busy, productive, crazy, fun, and filled completely full.  But all is good and I have something fun to share with you today!

My friend Amber has just released her first book...and I was invited to be a part of her blog tour!  So... Let me introduce you to Vintage Vibe...Traditional Quilts , Fresh Fabrics... It's absolutely fabulous! 

Photo courtesy of Martingale and photographer Brent Kane


I've been a fan of Amber's quilts, patterns and projects for a while now... She was one of the first bloggers I featured in my Needle Little Inspiration posts... {way back when}



And one of my all time favorite quilt patterns is from Amber, called the Scrap Jar Star. I've made two of them and working on a third one!  

So..... you can say that I was a bit thrilled to find a new pattern in Amber's book inspired by her Scrap Jar Star called Big Baby...

Quilt by Amber Johnson... Photographer Brent Kane for Martingale


LOVE would be an understatement....

Not only am I sucker for classic quilt blocks especially a star.  But you know I'm a happy quilter when it involves scraps or fabric from my stash.

And when you take one of my favorite quilts / quilt block and make it big and fast and easy! You've got a winner in my book!

Quilt sewn by Jodi Nelson from pattern in the book Vintage Vibe by Amber Johnson

I've made two tops already and working on a third one.. The pattern is super easy and the quilt goes together so quickly. I'm pretty sure this will be my go to baby quilt pattern.
This is the first top I made.  Navy's and Aqua's and a white background.  I'm anxious to get this quilted!  



I'm also thinking of making a BIG quilt using this quilt pattern as BIG BLOCKS! wouldn't that be fun! 

You can find the book on Amazon HERE

But be sure to stop by the other blogs on the tour and see what everyone is up to. 


11/11/14 - April @ http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/
11/18/14 - The Fat Quarter Shop @ http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
11/25/14 - Sherri @ http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
12/11/14 - Heather @ http://quiltstory.blogspot.com/
12/16/14 - Andy @ http://www.abrightcorner.com/
12/23/14 - Melissa @ http://www.polkadotchair.com/


Happy Sewing Everyone!
ooxx`jodi



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